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Sci-Fi 10 starts tomorrow!

Sci-Fi on the Rock 10 starts tomorrow, April 1, and last until April 3 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. In attendance will be Engen authors Matthew LeDrew & Ellen Curtis, as well as Engen Head-Editor Erin Vance!

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)The weekend is jam-packed with events and panels from your favorite Engen authors, contributors, and friends!

Friday, April 1

5:00-5:50pm in the Roddenberry Room:
Book Launch for Sci-Fi From The Rock!

Celebrating 10 years of Sci-Fi on the Rock with this special commemorative volume featuring over twenty short stories by some of Atlantic Canada’s most impressive indie talent in science-fiction!

Saturday, April 2

11-11:50am in the Nimoy Room:
Finding a Partner in Crime: A Guide to Story Collaboration
with Jay Paulin & Ariel Marsh!

Struggling to find a co-writer or co-creator for your project? Having a tough time compromising with a partner? Join the author of Spooky’s Gambit to learn the tricks that have allowed us to thrive together for five years.

3-3:50pm in the Tolkien Room:
Take Control: Why You Should Self-Publish Your Fiction and How to Do It
with Scott Bartlett, author of Flight or Fight

Full-time indie author Scott Bartlett will outline the benefits of independently publishing your fiction in today’s rapidly changing market and will also take you through how to do it. He’ll finish with a reading from book 1 in his new dystopian satire trilogy.

6-6:50pm in the Lucas Room
The Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever
with Engen Books and friends

Join a convention tradition as an all-star cast of authors debate the merits of each other’s writing advice. Come with questions to ask, and stay for the laughter that ensues.

Sunday, April 3

9:30-10:20am in the Roddenberry Room
Ambassador Series: A New Era in Publishing
Kenneth Tam, author of Whitecoat

Sci-Fi from the Rock eBook available!

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Sci-Fi from the Rock launches at the 10th Annual Sci-Fi on the Rock in just 7 days!! What’s that you say, that’s too long to wait to get your hands on the newest stories by the most influential independent authors in the Atlantic provinces? 7 days is too long to go without reading about the first Super Galactic Space Explorers prose story? The introduction to Kenneth Tam’s Champions series? The first story in Chris Walsh’s Gold and Steel series? The birth of Ali House’s new universe?

Well you’re in luck! Just for you guys, the book is available for download on Kindle now! Download at an amazing discount, less than $4 CAD, to get all the action, suspense, and thrills you can handle!

Those reading this after the fact who already have a physical copy: fear not! Sci-Fi from the Rock is a part of the MatchBooks program! Owners of the physical book can receive a digital copy at an extreme discount: only 99 cents!

So you say you just can’t wait? You don’t have to!!

KENNETH TAM the final Sci-Fi author!

Whitecoat: The Champions of 1940Kenneth Tam, a name familiar to all fans of science-fiction in Canada and known as the first guest ever to appear at Sci-Fi on the Rock returns for the landmark 10th year and is the final contributor to the Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016 collection!

Tam brings with him a prologue to Whitecoat, the first novel in his Champions series.

Since 1881, Britain, Canada and the United States have been colonizing another planet. Now it’s 1940, and tensions between the world’s Empires are mounting because the English-speaking nations enjoy exclusive control over a uniquely powerful resource: genetically-enhanced humans known as ‘Champions’. Lady Alex Smith is the newest Champion, and her best friend Stephanie Shylock has joined the British Army so they can work together. Along with Sergeant Mike Strong, a veteran soldier with a colorful reputation, these two must follow in the footsteps of their famous parents, and save the world… perhaps both worlds. For more, visit Championsof1940.com

Kenneth Tam (born 1984 in St. John’s, Newfoundland) is a Canadian science-fiction author. His best-known works include The Equations Novels and the Defense Command series. He is the son of fellow Canadian author Jacqui Tam. He is a graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario. Kenneth has been an author guest at the Polaris Science Fiction Convention for six consecutive years, and a guest at the Sci-Fi on the Rock convention for its first three years.

He is the author of over 40 books spread over 4 different science-fiction series, and Engen Books is proud and honored to have his work represented here.

Melanie Collins returns to print

Melanie Collins
Melanie Collins

One of the reasons for the success of the first Sci-Fi from the Rock collection in April 2010 (and the Engen Anthology program as a whole) was the skillful and powerful prose of Melanie Collins, who proved to us that there were amazing authors out there without a venue that needed a place to shine and reach their fandom.

One of the greatest heartbreaks of the last six years for Engen Books has been seeing that title, and specifically that story, fall from print. In April 2016 that error is being rectified when Melanie Collins’s fantasy masterpiece Woven by the Thief returns to the printed page as a part of our 10th Anniversary Collection.

We thank Melanie for the privilege of working with her again.

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Top 5 Anticipated Releases of 2016

When it comes to distractions (and that is the name of this blog after all) nothing eats up more of my time than anticipation: that time spent waiting for the next novel in a series or the next season of a show of the next movie in a franchise. Follow my train of thought here: if the next movie in my favorite franchise was out I could just watch it, a distraction from my work of no more than 3 hours. But waiting for it, wondering about it, watching trailers, reading predictions, fixating on it, and then watching it: that’s a much heavier time commitment that I should be using to write and edit.

With that in mind, here are my Top 5 most anticipated book releases of 2016. These are the books that have left me sitting in my chair wondering rather than sitting in my chair working, and time can’t tick by fast enough for them to arrive!

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Erin Vance writes for Sci-Fi from!

Making her fiction writing debut in the April 2016 collection is Engen Books’s own senior editor Erin Vance, with her short story Cast, Clutter, Pack, Murder, the first story in a new and exciting science-fiction universe!

Erin Vance, Editor
Erin Vance, Editor

Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.

Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, The Song of the Mockingjay, explored the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.

Erin is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals from more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write erinvance@engenbooks.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.

Erin Vance is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals for more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write erinvance@engenbooks.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.


Smoke And MirrorsSmoke And Mirrors by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #2

The Pitch: The approaching execution of Adam Genblade brings closure to the men and women of Coral Beach… until people start showing up dead in the same manor they did when he was at large. Now his victims are forced to keep him alive in order to get their answers… or accept that it may not have been him to begin with.

Note: Erin edited the 2015 international edition of Smoke and Mirrors only.

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Cinders (Xander Drew, #1)Cinders by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #1

The Pitch: Thomas Horton is a good cop. Focused and unyielding, he has one of the highest solved-case rates in Los Angeles, a city with the highest unsolved murder rate in the whole of the United States. Despite his record, his resolve is questioned by the appearance of a young man named Xander Drew: a man equally as focused and determined, but who refuses to operate within the confines of the rigid California legal system.

When the egos and obsessions of both men collide, Horton enters a violent and dangerous world he didn’t know existed beneath the veneer of order and structure that he has based his entire deductive method around, forcing both men to question everything they knew… until they are both threatened to be dragged down to a place where everything burns, until all that are left, are Cinders.

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Christopher Walsh writes for Sci-Fi from the Rock!

Our second author to be featured in April 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock has been announced: Christopher Walsh, with his short story, “Stealing Back Freedom”!

Christopher Walsh is an author from Brigus South, Newfoundland. Stealing Back Freedom is a prequel story from his fantasy series Gold & Steel, the first, full-length entry of which is titled As Fierce as Steel and is to be released in early 2016.

Over the past four years, Chris has been crafting the massive world of Gold & Steel and putting together what will be his first entries into the even bigger world of publishing: As Fierce as Steel and Stealing Back Freedom.

When not writing, Chris works as an apprentice carpenter and enjoys reading a variety of material with particular interest in other fantasy works. He’s also an avid video gamer and hiker.

There’s going to be 110 copies on sale at Sci-Fi On the Rock and if you want a copy you can ensure you do by reserving one. If you want a reserved copy, you can email thegoldandsteelsaga@gmail.com.

When asked about his accomplishment, Walsh said via social media: “And yet, this is just another step, this is not the end goal, not by a long shot. Having a book in hand that I wrote is a major step, I’m ridiculously happy right now just looking at it. However, the next step is to get the first part of the Gold & Steel story out there so that I can continue to write the rest of it.”

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Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)“Stealing Back Freedom” : Sci-Fi from the Rock by Christopher P. Walsh

Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time.

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As Fierce as SteelAs Fierce as Steel by Christopher P. Walsh

As Fierce as Steel is the inaugural entry into the world of Gold & Steel, a new fantasy series from Canadian author, Christopher Walsh. It is centered around the lives of two women, those of the Lady Orangecloak and Lady Marigold Tullivan. One is the leader of a brave group of young men and women in open rebellion of their government. The other was born into that patriarchal world and destined for greatness, as a trophy wife, a fate she will do anything to alter.

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